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19 Helpful Cooking Tips

How to Rim a Glass with Salt (or Sugar)
How to Rim a Glass with Salt (or Sugar)
Add a little something extra to your cocktail.
Published: October 2020
How to Garnish with Citrus Zest
How to Garnish with Citrus Zest
Get festive with a cocktail garnish!
Published: October 2020
Tea Temperature
What's the optimal brewing temperature for black tea?
Published: August 2016
Beer
Beer
It’s not just for guzzling. We use beer’s flavor and fizz in dozens of recipes.
Published: December 2015
Coconut Water vs. Coconut Milk
What is the difference between coconut water and coconut milk?
Published: April 2015
Why Ice Cream Might Make You Thirsty
Why does ice cream make some people thirsty?
Published: February 2015
Tannins in White Wine
Can white wines be tannic, like red wine?
Published: February 2015
Cooking Wines and Spirits
Wines and other spirits can add acidity, sweetness, or complex flavor to an array of dishes—both sweet and savory. Here are the ones that we like to keep handy.…
Published: December 2014
Canned Coconut Milk vs. Carton-Packed Coconut Milk Beverage
What's the difference between canned coconut milk, and the boxed stuff in the beverage aisle next to the soy milk?
Published: August 2013
Substituting Vermouth for White Wine in Cooking
If you don't drink much white wine, but need it for cooking once in a while, it may go bad before you finish the bottle. Is there a substitute that keeps better…
Published: June 2013
Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee vs. Regular Coffee Poured Over Ice
Why is cold-brewed iced coffee so much better than regular coffee poured over ice?
Published: June 2013
Cider Substitute
Can’t find apple cider? Here’s an easy substitution that can be used in any cider-centric recipe.
Published: October 2009
Cooking with Wine
Which wines are the best for cooking—and which ones you should avoid.
Published: February 2009
Instant Coffee Versus Espresso
Can instant coffee and instant espresso be used interchangeably in recipes?
Published: June 2008
Straining Apple Cider
Why you should strain heated apple cider and the best way to do it.
Published: December 2005
Brain Freeze
What exactly is brain freeze?
Published: August 2005
Tips For Smoothies
Here are a few guidelines for making the perfect smoothie.
Published: August 2005
Storing Coffee Beans
What’s the best way to store whole coffee beans?
Published: June 2005
No More Bitter Tea
For the best brew, avoid these tea-making mistakes.
Published: June 2005